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Beirhope Alpacas

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· Kelso, Roxburgh, Ettrick And Lauderdale, Scotland
1 acre hosted by Lynne J.
8 tent pitches
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A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders

Back in 2016, Lynne Jobes went to a glamping show with the intention to buy some yurts. She wanted to set up a campsite on her smallholding in the Scottish southern borders but, to everyone’s surprise, she returned with alpacas. Since then, she and her team have been running Beirhope Alpaca Trekking, a lovely little business offering hikes into the surrounding landscape of the Cheviot Hills and the Kale Valley. Now, several years later, Beirhope has become a campsite and it’s finally possible to pitch up right next to the woolly Peruvians.

Set just slightly north of the Anglo-Scottish border and overlooked by the old Roman hill fort of Thowliestane Hill, campers can pitch a tent and have a campfire in the field adjacent to the alpaca paddock. Furthermore, to keep from scaring the alpacas, dogs are not allowed in the main part of the site but are welcome to stay with their owners on a separate pitch in a secluded oak and beech woodland closer to the barn. The barn houses the main reception area and is also where the facilities can be found. There’s a compost loo, hot water bucket shower, and honesty shop for essentials.

It’s not all about the alpacas, however. Beirhope offers the chance for guests to share in the owner’s passion for the landscape in which they find themselves. Indeed, a short walk along Dere Street, possibly Scotland’s oldest road and which runs past the campsite, leads to Thowliestane with its panoramic views taking in the Eildons and Peniel Heugh to the north and The Cheviot, The Schill and Hownam Law to the East. It’s not the Andes but it is wild and breathtaking in equal measure. And whether you have Lynne’s alpaca crew in tow or not, this really is a walker’s paradise. The classic Pennine Way route has its northern end in the tiny village of Kirk Yetholm a short distance away and the east-west trail, St Cuthbert’s Way, passes through the same place, bridging the English Scottish border.

Going slightly further afield will lead to the market town of Kelso, home of the magnificent Floors Castle, which lies on the confluence of the rivers Tweed and Teviot or the historic county town of Jedburgh, with its 12th-century abbey, both within a short driving distance of Beirhope.

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Robyn D.recommends
May 13, 2024
Phil's Patch
An absolutely gorgeous campsite that is a must visit! Lynne was absolutely amazing- so friendly from the first step we took on the campsite and made a really big effort to include my friends little boy in everything and talk to him. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous- so are the alpacas!- and there’s a lot of gorgeous walks near by. Eco toilets and bucket showers were pluses for me because I love anything eco friendly but the shower was a bit more of a struggle for the little one but for a shorter stay it definitely wasn’t an issue. I can say that I will definitely be back when I next have the chance and would recommend it without hesistation
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Sara C.recommends
September 25, 2023
Paddock 1
Second time we've camped here, the view is amazing and Lynne is always super helpful! Would recommend also going for the alpaca walks, the alpacas are adorable and the view from the walks is even more impressive.
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William C.recommends
September 7, 2023
Woodland Wonder
We had a great few days at Beirhope Alpacas. Lynne and her team made us feel very welcome and were fabulous with our two young daughters. The facilities were kept very clean and everything you need for a few days away is available. We look forward to returning.
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John M.recommends
September 4, 2023
Poppy's Pitch
Beirhope fun
Lovely night spent at Beirhope. Lynne suggested we could arrive early for our Alpaca stroll. Site was great, quiet, beautiful and so peaceful. Loved watching the house martins chasing, the heron swooping past and the Alpaca’s just chillin. Facilities very basic but good and spotless!
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Claire B.recommends
September 2, 2023
Phil's Patch
Brilliant stay on Phil’s Patch
We’ve spent three nights camping on Phil’s Patch and have thoroughly enjoyed our break in the borders. Lynne and Allan are absolutely brilliant hosts- nothing is too much trouble and they go above and beyond to make your stay comfortable. It was more like staying with friends than strangers. The alpacas are brilliant fun and utterly gorgeous, our daughter especially loved them and they really bring something different to your stay. Because there are just a few pitches it really feels like you are away from it all- the whole area is so quiet and the views are amazing from your tent! The fridge, freezer and fire pit facilities were brilliant and we had everything we needed for our stay. Our daughter didn’t want to come home and we suspect it will be high on her list of places to return to. We can’t say we’d be reluctant to return either. Thank you Team Beirhope!
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Mary G.recommends
September 1, 2023
Sam's Super Pitch
Without doubt, Bierhope Alpacas is the most naturally beautiful campsite I have stayed on and I had a wonderful five days nestled on the Cheviot Hills with my family. Lynne (and her family) were so kind and provided wonderful hospitality throughout our stay. We enjoyed being surrounded by wildlife, the alpacas, horses and sheep. Meeting-a-paca was a really fun activity & these friendly animals were lovely, quiet neighbours. We also enjoyed amazing night skies by the fire. This is an off grid campsite but easier than most campsites of this type. The toilets and shower are easy to use and everything is clean. We stayed on Sam’s super pitch which comes with a well equipped kitchen in a beautifully constructed wooden shelter. We had good access to shops in Jedburgh and Kelso so we could buy in our supplies and keep them in the fridge/freezer on site. Lynne has created a beautiful campsite and it was a delight to stay, topped off by a visit to the shop selling quality, local products so you can take a piece of Bierhope and the Scottish Borders home with you.
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Kelso, Roxburgh, Ettrick And Lauderdale, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Lynne J.Joined in June 2021
From the host
Nestled in the heart of the Cheviot Hills, Beirhope boasts some of Scotland's most spectacular views. With alpaca walking activities, roman roads, hill forts and breathtaking night skies, this rural dog-friendly site is one of a kind. With seven wild camping pitches, you don't have to venture far for a little piece of magic. Beirhope provides all the space, freedom and alpacas you could possibly want.
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The southern Scottish borders are steeped in a rich history, from ancient Roman roads and hill forts in the Cheviots to the abbeys, castles, and country estates around Kelso and Jedburgh. Situated on the north-western edge of Kelso is Floors Castle and Gardens (01573 223333). Built for the first Duke of Roxburghe in 1721 it’s more a country house than a castle and holds the title of being the largest inhabited house in Scotland. Take a tour of the castle itself or wander the impressive gardens and woodland grounds. Stunning Jedburgh Abbey (01835 863925) is just eight miles east of the campsite and sits right in the heart of Jedburgh town. An audio tour is available for this iconic piece of architecture built around 1138 for Augustinian canons and there is a cafe next door. Cessford Castle, a large 15th-century ruin about seven miles from Beirhope, is also well worth a visit.

Food and drink
There is a small shop at Beirhope Alpacas selling basic camping staples such as pasta, beans, long-life milk, etc. and there’s a hot drinks machine as well as some confectionery items. Lynne will have seasonal veg to sell from her garden, too, when it’s available. To eat out, try the Border Hotel (01573 420237) in Town Yetholm, nine miles north of the campsite, or Templehall Hotel (01573 440249) five miles north in Morebattle and home of the famous Temple Burger. These two hotels lie on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way long-distance national trails respectively and are thus very popular with ramblers. Valley Meats (01573 440219) is the local butcher in Morebattle and comes highly recommended by campsite owner Lynne. In Kelso, 25 minutes away by car, there is a good selection of restaurants, cafes, and pubs. The Cobbles (01573 223548) is a modern gastropub with fine dining and locally brewed ale. If you go there to eat, be sure to pop next door afterward for a dessert at Becattelli Artisan Gelato (07866450426). For a good selection of vegan and vegetarian options try Cafe U (01573 225177) who also do custom coffees and sandwiches made with specialty bread.
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